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posted: Thursday March 31st - 11:00am

Office Organization: No More Clutter at Work!

"I've been living with adult ADD for over two decades," one reader tells us. "I have limited desk space at work and no wall space for posting reminders about upcoming deadlines. What can I do to get organized?"

ADHD expert Sandy Maynard helps your ADHD child learn basic skills
Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), hear this: Less is more. The more stuff we keep, the more time and energy we need to get organized. Because you have limited space, find a convenient storage space for materials and objects you use everyday. Store items you use less frequently in a common area -- a conference room, library, or shared space...
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posted: Tuesday March 29th - 6:00pm

When Loved Ones Refuse ADD/ADHD Diagnosis, Treatment

How to help someone you care about -- and suspect has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) -- get a diagnosis and seek treatment -- even if she is hesitant to help herself!

Suspect a loved one has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and feel that they could benefit from a diagnosis and/or treatment to help cope with their symptoms, but they're unwilling to take the first steps? Facing resistance from someone who has already been diagnosed, but is still experiencing challenges that impact them in significant ways? In this new ADD/ADHD video, Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., M.B.A., the author...
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posted: Tuesday March 22nd - 7:00am

Explaining an ADHD Diagnosis to a Child

One reader asked, "How and when do I tell my 11-year-old child she has ADD?"

The best time to discuss attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is when you feel ready and have accepted the diagnosis. You may want to review the books for a child at your daughter's age level to guide your conversation. A Bird's-Eye View of Life with ADD and ADHD, by Chris Dendy, and The Girls' Guide to AD/HD, by Beth Walker, are two examples. Although parents may...
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posted: Thursday March 17th - 1:00pm

Is This Parenting Style Too Strict for Our ADHD Child?

"Thanks to medicine, schedules, and caring teachers, my 6-year-old is doing well at school and is making friends," one reader tells us. "But I'm concerned about her dad's parenting style (we're divorced), which seems harsh for a young child."

It sounds like you've worked hard to get a handle on managing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). For whatever reason, Dad isn't on board. His resistance may be due to a lack of information, disagreement with the approach, or a need to be in control. If he needs more information about ADD/ADHD, sharing what you've learned, and passing along books and articles, may change your ex's...
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posted: Tuesday March 15th - 9:00am

Trouble Falling Asleep for ADHD Adults

"My partner needs to watch TV or listen to music using earphones until he feels he can fall asleep (usually well after midnight)," one reader tells us. "He says the stimulation makes him sleep better, but he struggles to get up in the morning. Do you have any suggestions?"

ADHD expert Sandy Maynard helps your ADHD child learn basic skills
Some of us do need external distraction to quiet the "mind chatter," even when our bodies are tired and ready for bed. However, TV is designed to distract and stimulate us, so it -- as well as loud, fast music -- is never conducive to sleep. Try having your partner listen to nature sounds, soft jazz, or white noise instead. Choose music with a tempo of...
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posted: Thursday March 10th - 11:30am

Does the ADA Protect ADHD Adults at Work?

Learn how the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) can protect you on the job. Plus, these small tweaks can help you manage your symptoms.

Beth Main ADHD Coach Blog
Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) symptoms can pose challenges on the job. In this ADD/ADHD video from ADD/ADHD coach Beth Main, you'll find the answers to the following two commonly asked questions: "What are some accommodations I can legally ask for on the job for adult ADD/ADHD?" and "What are some accommodations I can make myself, or reasonably ask for, ...
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posted: Tuesday March 8th - 11:00am

Should We Bring a Child Into Our ADHD Household?

"My husband has been diagnosed with ADHD, and we are planning to start a family soon," one reader writes us. "My big concern is bringing a child into our household, which is like a roller-coaster ride. Though my husband is well-intentioned, his moods and actions are unpredictable, and he's easily distracted. He has many qualities that will make him a great father, but I'm unsure about what to expect once a child arrives."

Now would be a good time for your husband to learn to manage his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) as well as he can, before the stress and demands of parenting are added to the mix. He might benefit from talking with an ADD/ADHD coach or therapist to help him become less distracted, more predictable, and better able to regulate his moods...
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posted: Thursday March 3rd - 6:30pm

Get More Done: 3 Expert-Recommended Tips

ADHD-friendly solutions for making tackling big projects more manageable -- and bearable.

Many adults -- not just those of us with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) -- struggle with time management and productivity. Procrastination, distractions, and/or perfectionism can all present major roadblocks along the route to finishing that big project once and for all. In this new ADD/ADHD video, Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., M.B.A., the author of More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults With ADHD and Integrative...
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posted: Tuesday March 1st - 2:30pm

Online-Dating Tips for ADD Adults

"After introducing myself on an online-dating website, I'm lost," one reader tells us. "I'm shy, and my adult ADD makes me feel like I'm revealing too much -- or worse, that my profile screams, 'I'm a freak.' Am I being self-conscious? How can I come across as an acceptable date -- both online and in person?"

ADHD expert Sandy Maynard helps your ADHD child learn basic skills
Many people -- those with and without adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) -- on online-dating sites are self-conscious. To take the pressure off yourself and to make things more relaxed between you and potential dates, look at Internet dating as a whole -- messaging and other online flirting methods, e-mailing, phone calls, and in-person dates -- as an opportunity to improve your...
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